OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS Plays The City Theatre, Now thru 12/23

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The City Theatre Company has announced a special holiday theatre celebration with Joe DiPietro's hilarious family comedy Over the River and Through the Woods at the City Theatre tonight, November 29 – December 23. This heartwarming show illustrates the unquestionable love between family members old and young, and how traditions, faith and loyalty not only survive, but transform throughout all generations.

The play revolves around Nick, a 32-year-old single Italian-American man who dutifully has dinner with his grandparents every Sunday. At an unscheduled visit, Nick announces that he is leaving New Jersey to take a job in Seattle. To his grandparents, whom Nick calls "the loudest people I've ever met," they have already lost Nick's parents to distant cities and his desire to move makes no sense. The grandparents take his announcement as a declaration of war and pull out all the stops, including match-making, outrageous schemes and wild dinner parties to keep him home. The antics that follow are hilarious and touching and all add to a wonderful night of theatre.

Joe DiPietro is a Manhattan-based playwright known for many productions including the hit musical comedy I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, All Shook Up and Babes in Arms, among other productions. He is the recipient of the William Inge American Theatre Award and the O'Neill National Playwright's Conference MacArthur Award for comic writing. The production is directed by Stacey Glazer who directed City Theatre's How the Other Have Loves, The Crucible and the award-nominated Rabbit Hole. The cast features Matthew C. Burnett (Nick), Kim Rubin (Aida), Robert Deike (Nunzio), Liz Roark (Emma), Steve Wright (Frank), and Megan M. Ortiz (Caitlin).

The City Theatre Company is an Austin-based not for profit arts organization and is sponsored in part by the Austin Creative Alliance and the Austin Cultural Arts Division. Founded in 2006, the company has been recognized by the Austin Critics Table Awards, the B. Iden Payne Awards and was twice voted "Best Theatre Company" by Austin- American Statesman's Austin 360. CTC is dedicated in providing quality theatre experience and entertainment for Austin artists and its community.

IMPORTANT: This show is NOT family friendly. It contains mature content not limited to: Nudity, strong language, violence, implied drug use, explicit drug use, strong sexual imagery, thinly veiled sexual imagery, and Richard Nixon. DON'T BRING YOUR CHILDREN.

Over the River and Through the Woods runs tonight, November 29 – December 23, Thursday – Saturday 8:00 p.m. Sunday 5:30 p.m. The City Theatre is located at 3823 Airport Blvd. 78757 – east corner of Airport Blvd. and 38 ½ Street.

General Seating $15. Guaranteed Front/2nd Row Reserved $25. Students $12. Thursday all seats $10. Group discounts are available. Reservations 512-524-2870 or info@citytheatreaustin.org. For more information, visit www.citytheatreaustin.org.

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